University of Georgia Press
Historians have long focused on violence’s permeation of the postwar South. However, in The War After the War: A New History of Reconstruction, John Patrick Daly argues that the violence was so elemental to, so pervasive and organized in the postbellum South that it constituted a new war—a Southern Civil War. Reviewer Xiaoxiao Li writes that Daly’s “lively military history” reveals that White southerners waged a war of violent terror to control the former-Confederate states’ governments. Further, Daly finds resonances between the war after the war in the U.S. and the aftermath of other civil wars in world history.
"The War After the War: A New History of Reconstruction,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 24
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol24/iss4/12